Foothills Unitarian Church
Homily: Tough Love Saves Us All | Rev. Gretchen Haley | March 7, 2021

Homily: Tough Love Saves Us All | Rev. Gretchen Haley | March 7, 2021

March 8, 2021

Rev. Gretchen preaches about how Tough Love Saves Us All as we work for liberation and to dismantle racism. She explains Beloved Community and guides us in exploring how courageous love requires us to act with a systemic and collective lens.

Homily: Tough Love Holds Boundaries | Rev. Sean Neil-Barron | February 28, 2021

Homily: Tough Love Holds Boundaries | Rev. Sean Neil-Barron | February 28, 2021

March 1, 2021

Rev. Sean discusses boundaries as how we live in the messy middle between dependence and independence. He explores how boundaries are a practice to give structure to how we relate to one another and how boundaries are an act of compassion.

Homily: Love That Stays | Rev. Gretchen | February 21, 2021

Homily: Love That Stays | Rev. Gretchen | February 21, 2021

February 22, 2021

Rev. Gretchen explores staying put with those you love during the hard parts of life. She teaches that in promising to love someone in "good times and bad" we are not merely engaging with a distant and theoretical idea. We are promising to stay put through pain. A love that doesn't turn away when times get painful requires a soft and supple heart.

Homily Part 2: Tough Love Sees Us, and Sees Us Through | Rev. Gretchen Haley | February 14, 2021

Homily Part 2: Tough Love Sees Us, and Sees Us Through | Rev. Gretchen Haley | February 14, 2021

February 15, 2021

Rev. Gretchen draws on the story of Job to illustrate how bearing witness to another without fixing or minimizing is an act of courageous love.

Homily Part 1: Tough Love | Rev. Gretchen Haley | February 14, 2021

Homily Part 1: Tough Love | Rev. Gretchen Haley | February 14, 2021

February 15, 2021

Rev. Gretchen explores what we really mean when we say "love." She invites us to engage with the concept of love more deeply because "when we understand love not just as a word, but as an experience and a commitment, as a way of orienting our lives and the source of our hope, as a vision for the world as it could be, it will make all the difference. We will make all the difference in all the smallest corners of our lives, and across the whole of life itself."

Homily Part 2: Complex Lives, Simple Rules | Rev. Sean Neil-Barron | January 31, 2021

Homily Part 2: Complex Lives, Simple Rules | Rev. Sean Neil-Barron | January 31, 2021

February 1, 2021
Rev. Sean vibrantly illustrates the power of simple rules and explores why simple rules are so effective at empowering individual actions and forging strong communities.
 
The concept of emergence that is explored in this piece, is influenced by the phenomenal work of adrienne marie brown (http://adriennemareebrown.net/) and her book Emergent Strategy.
Homily Part 1: Just Breathe | Rev. Sean Neil-Barron | January 31, 2021

Homily Part 1: Just Breathe | Rev. Sean Neil-Barron | January 31, 2021

February 1, 2021
Rev. Sean Neil-Barron offers a poetic homily honoring the power and breadth of the simple “just breathe.”
Homily: Lower the Bar | Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink | January 24, 2021

Homily: Lower the Bar | Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink | January 24, 2021

January 25, 2021
Rev. Elaine shares how lowering the bar has helped her cope during the pandemic and explores how lowering expectations in general helps one value things other than societal expectations of productivity. Rev. Elaine suggests that, at the very least, our expectations of ourselves merit some scrutiny, particularly when we’re under stress. She teaches that, “Our real value lies not in what we do, but in who we are.
 
Homily Part 2: Heart Broken Open | Rev. Gretchen Haley | January 17, 2021

Homily Part 2: Heart Broken Open | Rev. Gretchen Haley | January 17, 2021

January 18, 2021
Rev. Gretchen explores how waking up to injustice is a practice we live out in the smallest choices of our everyday lives.
 
Homily Part 1: Letting Your Heart Break | Rev. Gretchen Haley | January 17, 2021

Homily Part 1: Letting Your Heart Break | Rev. Gretchen Haley | January 17, 2021

January 18, 2021
Rev. Gretchen teaches about Beloved Community in the context of Martin Luther King Jr.’s work and Unitarian Universalism.
 
Homily Part 3: The Tiny Revolutions of Your Life | Rev. Gretchen Haley | January 10, 2021

Homily Part 3: The Tiny Revolutions of Your Life | Rev. Gretchen Haley | January 10, 2021

January 11, 2021
Rev. Gretchen reminds us that nothing is settled - not even ourselves - and explores how darkness signals great possibility. Drawing on the work of James Clear, Rev. Gretchen teaches how we can persist through the darkness of uncertainty by focusing on the value of small, everyday acts.
 
Homily Part 2: Tiny Acts of Riots and Revolutions | Rev. Sean Neil-Barron | January 10, 2021

Homily Part 2: Tiny Acts of Riots and Revolutions | Rev. Sean Neil-Barron | January 10, 2021

January 11, 2021

Rev. Sean grounds us in the core tenant of our Unitarian Universalist faith that “we are not isolated individuals but rather an interdependent ecosystem of beings.” He discusses the role of ‘the crowd’ in the context of the Capitol Hill riots last week and within the framework of social psychology research.

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